The Isle of Mull is a large island and is an excellent place to cycle for all ages. The roads are nearly all single-track
with amazing scenery almost all of the time. There is a 10 mile stretch of double track road from Craignure to Salen and another 4 mile section leading into Tobermory.
The main roads to Tobermory and Fionnphort are busy when ferry traffic arrives and the south of the island (The
Ross of Mull) has many buses and coaches at times, on route to Fionnphort for Iona, so keep your eyes and ears
When the two main roads to Tobermory and the Iona ferry are avoided, the roads are relatively quiet. The only problem is that they are quite hilly, with some quit steep climbs between Ulva Ferry ,Calgary and Dervaig.
The best area for off road cycling is in the Tobermory surrounds. There are cycle trails through Ardmore and Glengorm Castle, linking through to Dervaig. A very nice coffee shop at Glengorm and a good meeting up point with other cyclists. From Ardmore it is also possible to cycle down Loch Frisa almost to Salen without the need for going on the roads. A new forest road has been driven through from the Dervaig to Calgary road almost to Salen. With a bit of local knowledge and planning, circular cycling can be undertaken. There are shorter cycles routes from Tobermory to Aros Park.
Some accommodation providers actively help cyclists plan routes and have accommodation with large porches for bikes and wet gear.
Throughout Mull, there has been a large amount of forestry activity, with the accompanying roads. A lot of the roads are not circular, or, end up linking areas together, but they do now expose some spectacular views. Please take care to take notice of forestry operation signs. The machines often don’t the the rapid approach of cyclists.
For those who would like a guided cycling tour, British Cycling Qualified Mountain Bike Leader, Simon Bartle can take individuals and groups on tailored half, full and multi day mountain bike and cyclocross tours of the Isle of Mull and the Morvern peninsula. For more info, call 01680 300242. Simon is also a professional bike mechanic and can offer advice if you are looking to purchase a new bike for riding on Mull.
Riders need to have their own bikes and be fairly competent mountain bike riders. It’s aimed at people who want to see as much of the island by bike in a day as they can but want someone to take them on the best routes that might not be obvious on a map.
Mull also has large cycling events. In June, the Isle of Mull Cycle Sportive www.mullcyclosportive.co.uk is a 44 miles or 87 miles – go flat out or just take in the views with support at hand.
In December, we have a Cyclocross at the Castle. Part of the national rankings, plus a fun Santa event on the Sunday.
More information about cycling in the forests, then call in at the Tobermory tourist office at the main car park.